Chicken versus egg versus back pain
August 31, 2012 8:26 AM Subscribe
Back pain and swallowing difficulty - is the shoulder pain causing the swallowing situation or the other way around? Your experience wanted as I wait for my doctor visit.
posted by Frowner to health & fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Okay, so I have a slightly-worsening problem with food feeling "stuck"/discomfort at one particular point. YANMD.
In theory, this could be anything from esophageal stricture to GERD to anxiety to cancer. However:
I have always carried a lot of tension in my left shoulder blade - partner can apparently feel "knots" and it hurts to press them. (Partner is aces about backrubs.) There is one particular sore spot right beside my shoulder blade at approximately the point where food feels stuck/weird. Partner says there's an enormous knot there. I also have some general left-shoulder pain and arm pain.
So in my head I am all "is this a giant esophageal tumor which is pressing on my spine and I am going to die or does the muscle there cause the swallowing weirdness". I know that I'm up for an endoscopy or a barium swallow. I also have episodes of acid reflux and am currently taking prilosec. I also am really good at somatizing my anxiety.
Basically, have you ever had back issues affect your throat/swallowing?